Posted on June 23, 2018
I saw this pair of Wood Ducks at a local park. Usually Wood Ducks are swimming around the lake or on the shore. So it was different to see them balancing on these branches that were in the water. They are definitely colorful ducks!
Posted on June 1, 2015
This Wood Duck family, at this local Nature Preserve swam by, in their typical line formation. There were 10 Ducklings, hopefully the Snapping Turtles will not get to many of them. So far this year seems to be a slow year for the Wood Ducks. Usually at this time of year there are many more Wood Duck families swimming around the Lake.
Posted on May 3, 2015
Over the weeks I have seen many Wood Ducks check out this Wood Duck Box. It seems each pair checks it out and moves on. Today this pair checked it out. The female flew in and again flew out. Then they both swam away. I got a series of exiting, but liked the featured one above the best.
Posted on April 27, 2015
This pair of Wood ducks were checking out this Wood Duck Box at the local Nature Preserve. We noticed the female was really trying to go in, but having great difficulty getting in the box. She tried multiple times before swimming off. We noticed after watching that she was missing one foot which probably made it difficult to get in the box. She tried flying in and almost made it then fell away from the opening. We were thinking a Snapping Turtle probably got her foot as they were swimming around. The pair swam off and we are not sure if she tried again at a later time.
Posted on December 4, 2014
Posted on July 20, 2014
It was a slow day at the Celery Farm Natural Area with little light and little activity going on except for a few Canada Geese. While waiting for something to happen, this group of Wood Ducks swam by in front of us. It was too long a group for one shot, so I quickly shot 2 photos to capture the whole group. This group was larger than the group last week with 22 Wood Ducks. I don’t think this was all from one family. I blended the two shots in Photoshop with an opaque feathered mask and lined up the groups. There was a smaller group also, which seemed to come upon another snapping turtle, scooting off quickly and getting away.
Posted on July 14, 2014
This family of young Wood Ducks was crossing the Lake on the far side, close to shore. Mom was in the background to the right of the Great Blue Heron. There was not enough light for stopping down to get everything in focus, so I merged 2 shots. One I focused on the Wood Ducks strung out in a row, then I refocused on Mom and the Great Blue Heron. I blended the 2 images in Photoshop with a soft edge mask for the final image.